The UK is one of the worstperforming countries in

first_imgThe UK is one of the worst-performing countries in Europe when it comes to implementing the UN disability convention, according to an influential new report.The Zero Project details the progress made by 121 countries around the world on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).Every year, the project’s results – and examples of good practice – are shared internationally, including at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and UNCRPD’s Conference of State Parties in New York.Four years ago, the results of a previous Zero Project report were used – misleadingly – by the then minister for disabled people, Esther McVey (pictured), to try to defend her government from accusations that its Paralympic legacy hung in the balance because of cuts to disabled people’s support.But the latest report suggests that the UK is now one of the worst performers in Europe when it comes to implementing the UN convention.The report gives each country a green (yes), amber (yes, with qualifications), red (no), or grey (no results available) rating for each question, with those ratings decided by disability organisations from that country.In the UK, the ratings for this year’s report were decided by the British Deaf Association (BDA).The results show that, across the 21 questions, the UK can boast just five green scores, compared with 12 for France and Norway, nine for Germany and Denmark and seven for Moldova.Of the 16 European countries that featured in this year’s report, the UK came equal 11th, alongside Ukraine, when ranked on the number of green ratings it scored.The questions where the UK was given a green score included whether it published statistics about disabled people’s education and employment; whether employers had to make adjustments for disabled people in the workplace; and whether the country promoted the employment of disabled people in the private sector.But it scored a red on questions such as whether the country had an accessible early warning system in cases of national emergency; and whether there was public funding for a national umbrella organisation for disabled people’s organisations.It scored amber on questions such as whether all forms of urban public transport were accessible to all disabled people; and whether there was a legal time frame for all existing publicly-accessible buildings to be made accessible to all disabled people.The report comes only months after a report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities – which focused on social security reforms – concluded that there had been “grave or systematic violations” of UNCRPD by the UK government.Asked if the low number of green indicators showed Britain was lagging behind many other European countries on disability rights and the implementation of the convention, and showed the impact of austerity, a Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “The UK spends around £50 billion a year to support sick and disabled people – approximately 2.5 per cent of GDP and more than six per cent of all government spending.“The number of disabled people in work has increased by almost 300,000 in the last year.“The UK is currently going through its first periodic examination of implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and welcomes the opportunity for constructive discussion on the continued progression of disabled people’s rights.”The minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, had not commented on the report by noon today (Thursday).BDA had not commented on its Zero Project findings by noon today.last_img read more

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Lawmakers Discuss Reform of Police Use of Force Policies

first_img 0% In a special hearing today, San Francisco lawmakers on the Rules Committee discussed the police department’s policies on the use of force. The discussion was a response to mounting pressure from the community following multiple fatal shootings by SFPD officers in recent years, including three in the Mission last year.Since 2007, San Francisco police officers have shot 37 people, and local agencies deemed each of these shootings justifiable, said Cohen, calling these statistics “difficult to accept without questioning.”Twice during the hearing, District 9 Supervisor David Campos pointed out Police Chief Greg Suhr’s absence from the meeting, which he called “disturbing.”“I am very bothered by the fact that in every single case involving use of force by police, the chief has made statements that what happened in these incidents was within policy, even though those statements are made before there is a complete investigation,” he said. Tags: David Campos • John Avalos • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “In Alex Nieto’s case, the chief went to a community meeting where he said what the police did was just fine,” Campos said, adding that this pattern was continued in the shooting of Amilcar Perez-Lopez and Mario Woods – in all three cases, the police department deemed the use of force by officers involved as justified.Spurred in part by Mayor Ed Lee’s call for a reform of lethal force and officer training policies following the police shooting of Mario Woods on December 2, the hearing spanned some three hours.“We are here… also to open up the conversation to a transparent discussion about cultural changes [in the police force] that need to happen across the country,” said District 10 supervisor Malia Cohen. She also called San Francisco’s general order governing the use of force, which has not been revised since 1995, “outdated.”“These incidents have created a huge gap between what the police department sees as acceptable conduct and what the community sees as acceptable conduct,” said District 11 Supervisor John Avalos. Current use of the force policies under which San Francisco police officers operate lack verbiage in implementing racial bias and de-escalation training, said Aaron Zissar, a trial attorney at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.“One of the first things I saw was that there is no discussion of crisis intervention in these current policies – putting these practices into policy,” said Zissar. He recommended that updated policies should include de-escalation training and legislate a crisis intervention team “that goes out there for prevention,” engaging in active community outreach to prevent police encounters in the first place.This emphasis on enforcing de-escalation training policies was echoed by the committee, and London Breed, its president, called for the reconstitution of the African American Police-Community Relations Board, which operated some time ago to facilitate policy changes and improve relationships between officers and the community. “Fixing and repairing the trust between community and police is going to require a lot of work,” said Breed. “It’s not just about changing policies but changing the (police) culture.”This cultural change is achieved by shifting from a “warrior to guardian” mentality, said Julie Traun, Director of Court Programs at the Bar Association of San Francisco. Traun pointed to the Oakland Police Department as an example of creating a culture of “self-examination” from which San Francisco’s police force could learn.  “You have to partner with professionals,” said Traun, referring to Oakland’s successful implementation of body cameras and technology that facilitates the department’s data collection process in an effort to address biased policing policies. Joyce Hicks, executive director of the Office of Citizen Complaints, recommended requiring a sergeant or officer of higher rank to respond to incidents involving an armed suspect.“The shootings are reduced by 80 percent when a supervisor is there during a critical incident,” said Hicks. In Suhr’s absence, Police Captain Gregory Yee said that officers will be trained to initiate a confrontation with an armed suspect with questions rather than commands, and to intervene in high stress situations involving other officers.“That is a change in culture, to have an officer tap another on the shoulder and say ‘step back,’” said Yee, adding that officers will be held accountable for not intervening in situation that require de-escalation.“There needs to be a conversation about what an officer’s role is … and who is holding them accountable,” said Eticia Brown, and organizer for the Justice for Mario Woods coalition, during public comment. “They are there to protect and serve the community. They are not the jury, they are not the judge.” last_img read more

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ACTING Head Coach Mike Rush says the players are f

first_imgACTING Head Coach Mike Rush says the players are fully focussed on Sunday’s match with Leeds Rhinos despite the stress of the last few days.The 36-year-old took over from Royce Simmons on Monday morning and is looking forward to the challenge.“Of course I want to succeed at this challenge,” he said. “I am a St Helens lad and I never want to see this club not at the forefront of the game, whether that is in developing players or winning trophies. We as a club want to achieve that and I will do everything I can to make that happen.“Eamonn asked us – myself and Keiron – to step in and do what he thinks is right for the Club at this given moment in time. This is a big club with big expectations and perhaps the players have been feeling that. We want to take a little bit of that away from them and bring a smile back into training. But the players know they have to aim up as well.”Rush says Saints will leave it as late as possible in the week before deciding on the availability of James Roby, Jonny Lomax, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ade Gardner and Sia Soliola.“At present we’ve had the lads together for a couple of hours and will sit down with the physios today (Wednesday) to find out who will be available,” he continued. “Sia has nothing broken which is good but we have a long way to go before Sunday’s game.“It is a tough start for me and Keiron (Cunningham) but it’s a challenge. We want to turn our season around as a collective. You wouldn’t be in sport if you didn’t like challenges and the thrill of it or trying to beat a competitor.”Tickets for the game which kicks off at 6.35pm on Sunday are still on sale in the unallocated areas of the North and South Stands. You can buy via the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by clicking here.last_img read more

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FOUR months of frustration relieved in one barnsto

first_imgFOUR months of frustration relieved in one barnstorming try scoring run!If the sight of Atelea Vea back on the field on Friday brought welcome relief to the Saints faithful then imagine how it must have felt for the second rower who had endured four months on the sidelines.After suffering significant shoulder damage back at Hull KR in March the long road to recovery has been an arduous one for the former London Bronco.But now ‘Til’ is back and Wembley is a massive draw.“It had been a long time and I was chuffed to get on the field and get the win out of the way,” he said. “It’s been frustrating watching the boys but I really enjoyed being back out there and playing footy again with my mates.“I have to admit I was nervous but I did everything I could with my rehab to minimise that. Physio Nathan Mill and his staff did a great job and they helped to clear up a lot of the nerves and anything else I could have been worried about.“I was still going to be nervous running into the big front rowers but it went well.“The coach didn’t make it complicated for me either and that made a difference. I just had to do what I do best and in the end it was an enjoyable game. We threw the ball around, played end to end footy and controlled it when we needed to.“And I got a try!”Til’s return coincides with Saints most important game of the season – a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final with Leeds at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this Friday (8pm).“It is a massive game. You can feel it, it is exciting and the mood is lifting around the place. I watched the Challenge Cup back home in Australia but didn’t really appreciate it until I came over here and got to see a Final first hand.“It is a big event and to be in a position where I could be running out and playing Leeds – when the chance of making the Final – is something I am looking forward to.“I’m looking forward to testing myself. They have a great pack but I’d back my forwards every day of the week.”last_img read more

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Health officials warn flooding may cause problems with home septic systems

first_imgHurricane Florence flooding (Photo: MSNBC) RALEIGH, NC (Press Release) — Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are warning that the heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence may cause major problems with septic systems.To prevent sewage contamination, which can lead to disease transmission, affected people not served by central wastewater systems should check to ensure that their systems are not backing up, allowing sewage to surface or otherwise malfunctioning. They should also prepare to take the following precautions:Wastewater systems may not work until floodwaters recede and the water table drops below the septic tank and drain field trenches. A septic system will not function in a flooded yard and should not be used. Remove and discard household goods that become contaminated with sewage and cannot be disinfected, such as rugs, wall coverings and drywall. Wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves when cleaning up sewage. Do NOT continue to use water if sewage backs up into the house or if water or sewage surfacing near the septic system is visible — raw sewage is a public health problem and can cause disease. If a wastewater system depends on a pump, it will not operate properly if the system controls were flooded or when the power is out. People should use extreme water conservation practices until flood waters recede and the pump is confirmed to be working properly after power is restored. These practices include flushing toilets only when necessary, taking sponge baths and not running water while brushing teeth, shaving or cleaning dishes. Debris removal activities may damage a septic system. Vehicles can crush drain fields, tanks and distribution boxes, especially when the soil is saturated. If a person suspects that their septic tank is damaged, they should call a professional to inspect, service and clean it, and contact their local health department if the system needs to be repaired.- Advertisement – center_img Most septic tanks are not damaged by a flood because they are below ground and completely covered. However, septic tanks or pump chambers can become filled with debris. Reduce the amount of debris such as yard waste, cleanup materials and sediment that may enter the septic tank and plumbing systems. When power to the system is restored and flood waters recede, the pump system’s high-water alarm may sound. If the alarm does not stop sounding, or if the system does not appear to be working properly in some other way, contact the system operator, installer or local health department. Repairs may be necessary prior to returning to normal water use, possibly by an electrician if the sewage system’s electrical control panel was submerged or if the service connection sustained physical damage. The Division of Public Health’s Environmental Health Section has more information available online. People with questions or concerns about their on-site wastewater system should contact the environmental health section at their local health department.last_img read more

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Second suspect arrested in connection to shooting death of trooper

first_img 1 of 2 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The District Attorney’s Office says a second suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a trooper in Columbus County last week.Trooper Kevin Conner was shot during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning. He later died at the hospital.- Advertisement – Tpr. Kevin Conner (Photo: NCDPS) David said countless hours went into the search for Askew. SWAT teams and numerous law enforcement officers in the area were able to make the arrest. Askew was considered armed and dangerous but David says they did not feel the need to inform the public.“Our motivation is to make sure that we arrest somebody in such time that we actually have the evidence we need to be effective. We balance that against informing the public and I think we’ve struck the appropriate balance and history will remember that he was brought in to custody peacefully and without incident,” David said.Details about the investigation into the two men are few. David said he is limited as to what he can say because this is a pending court case. Court documents reveal both Askew and Raheem Davis, the other suspect charged, have multiple arrests involving robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping, assault and more. These come along with multiple plea agreements and probation. But David says they are not focusing on that for now.“Our focus has been on the investigation before us and that’s Trooper Connor’s death,” David said.Askew is awaiting extradition to North Carolina, which could be in the coming days.David and Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher urged anyone who might have information on this case to come forward.center_img Raheem Davis, 20, was arrested in Fair Bluff and charged with murder just hours after the shooting. Investigators say Davis was in a stolen truck that Trooper Conner pulled over for speeding on HWY 701 near Sellers Town Road.After a news conference held Tuesday morning in Columbus County, we’re learning Davis wasn’t the only one in that truck.“Our evidence conclusively shows two people in the truck when Kevin Conner made that fateful stop and both of them are now in custody,” District Attorney Jon David said.Related Article: Community members denounce recent acts of violence around WilmingtonAnother man, Chauncy Askew, 18, was arrested early Tuesday morning in Loris, South Carolina in connection with Conner’s murder. Askew is currently being held in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County.“Agents for the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI have been working very hard, overtime in fact, late into the nights and over the weekends to develop the information that we needed to make an arrest of a second suspect,” David said.Askew will also be charged with first degree murder.“It’s not unusual to have two suspects arrested for first degree murder in the same death,” David said. Raheem Davis (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office)last_img read more

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Wilmington City Council hears proposed changes to noise ordinance

first_img Meredith Everhart with City Attorney’s Office gave a noise ordinance presentation with the changes.She said the new ordinance expands definitions, makes rules easier for officers and public to understand, updates prohibitions and exceptions. There is also a revised permit process for the factors for approval/denial and an added appeals process which they previously did not have.Everhart said the definitions are alphabetical and they added key definitions for noise disturbances, necessary activity (emergency or something that can’t be helped), adjoining property, etc. They also removed outdated wording and references.Related Article: County, city leaders hold meeting to discuss affordable housingShe said they added time constraints for construction, garbage collection, yard maintenance, domestic power tools, consolidated some prohibitions, and removed outdated prohibitions.For exceptions, the city added time constraints for athletic events and outdoor concerts specifically where ordinances do not apply like Legion Stadium, UNCW, city parks, etc.Between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., those places will not be cited during those hours. Before, the city had a lot of different times for different places. That is why they have changed the times for the entire ordinance to 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.For sound levels, the ordinance says a sound level meter is not the only way to prove noise violation. An officer would explain the process when a sound level meter is used if a meter is available. Personal sound level meters will not be considered.Everhart said the current sound level requirement chart is very detailed and difficult to enforce. The new chart is much easier to understand. The new ordinance says it does not matter if the noise is indoor, outdoor, weekends and weekdays anymore. Distance requirements have also been taken out.Civil penalties are $200 for the first offense, $350 for the second offense, and $500 for the third offense. You can get multiple violations in one night and arrests are only allowed in certain circumstances.The new ordinance also says permits are required for any outdoor entertainment or when inside sound is likely to exceed levels. The Police chief issues and denies permits. Appeals for denial go to city manager. The chief has authority to increase sound limits and times. Applicant must notify surrounding residents. Permits can be revoked for violation.The violation can be to any responsible person. Property owners are liable for third or subsequent violations.Appeals for noise violations must be filed within ten days and goes to the Chief. The city did not have an appeal process at all before.The Attorney’s Office took recommendations from city council members for the proposal going forward. The Attorney’s Office wants council to vote on a proposal for the ordinance at the second City Council meeting in June. Downtown Wilmington street (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council members are looking to change the city’s noise ordinance.This morning, city council members heard a proposal from the City Attorney’s Office- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Two people wanted in separate Wilmington hitandruns

first_imgAntonio Harris and James Murphy (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is searching for two drivers wanted for two separate hit-and-runs that happened on the same day.Police say the first crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. A driver was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Second and Grace Streets when Antonio Marcel Harris, 31, allegedly rear-ended him at a high rate of speed.- Advertisement – The crash caused $4,000 in damage.The victim took a photo of the registration place. Police say Harris was not the owner of the vehicle, but investigators determined he was the driver at the time of the incident.Police obtained warrants for hit and run leaving the scene with property damage, driving with a revoked license and failure to reduce speed.Related Article: FBI still looking for suspect in Hania Aguilar’s deathLater that day, around 5:40 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of Chestnut Street in reference to a suspect, later identified as James Philip Murphy, 30, who backed into a parked, unoccupied car, causing $3,000 in damage, and then tried to drive off.A witness took pictures of the vehicle. The suspect took off when the witness confronted him.Murphy, of Pender County, is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage and improper backing.If you know where they are contact the Wilmington Police Department.last_img read more

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€74 million in EU Funds to improve water quality

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Malta will be benefiting to the tune of €74 million from EU funds aimed at giving the country better drinking water. the funds will also be used to increase the security of supply of this most important resource and to ensure improved groundwater management. The work will include as underground tunnel and the extension of water and wastewater distribution networks.The funds are part of a €4 billion EU package, spread over 10 member states and aimed at improving infrastructure. Other beneficiaries include:Bulgaria with projects for more secure and affordable energy.The Czech republic will be funded for smoother road and rail connections.Germany will have a new research campus in Jena.Crete (Greece) will have efficient public services and affordable energy.In Hungary, Budapest will benefit from improved connectivity and reduced congestion.In Italy, Sicily will have better rail transportPoland will get better connectivity and healthcarePortugal will get a modernised Northern railwayRomania will invest in environmental managementWhatsApplast_img read more

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27year old man grievously injured after argument in St Pauls Bay

first_imgCMRUCMRU A 27-year old Libyan man has suffered grievous injuries after an argument with a second Libyan man, earlier this morning.The police say that the incident took place in St Paul’s Bay at 8.30AM this morning, involving the 35-year old and a 27-year old.An ambulance took the 27 year old to Mater Dei hospital where he was certified to be suffering from grievous injuries.The older male was taken to the local Health Centre.The police are currently investigating the incident.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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